Deputies arrest 2 suspects in beating and robbery of elderly man

Craig Smith (Source: Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office)
Craig Smith (Source: Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office)
Jovaughn "Von" Jackson
Jovaughn "Von" Jackson

HAMMOND, LA (WAFB) - Authorities said two men have been arrested and five others are wanted after an elderly man was beaten in his own home and robbed.

The Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office said Craig Smith, 23, of Amite and Jovaughn "Von" Jackson, 17, of Hammond were taken into custody.

The incident happened on Simpson Place in Hammond around 10 p.m. on Nov. 4.

Sheriff Daniel Edwards said a 71-year-old man was attacked when he pulled into his driveway.

Several men grabbed him, drug him into his home and beat him.

Deputies said one of the suspects held him at gunpoint while the others ransacked the home.

The victim was beaten more and sprayed with mace before the suspects drove off in the man's car.

Investigators reported the car was later found burned on the side of Mason Road in Independence.

Smith and Jackson were booked on the following charges:

Aggravated Burglary

Aggravated Battery

Armed Robbery

Automobile Theft

Detectives are still searching for the following suspects:

Justin "J-Rock" Smith, 21, of Amite

Tyrone "TD" Smith, 21, of Amite

Ira Williams, 20, of Loranger

Alvin Fletcher, 20, of Ponchatoula

Shermaine "Gator" or "Puddy" Smith, 27, of Independence

Authorities said they face the same charges as the other two men and there could be additional charges filed.

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